VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Sept, 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Amerigroup Corporation (NYSE: AGP) has announced a partnership with Nourish Interactive to help prevent childhood obesity. In conjunction with National Childhood Obesity Month, the Company has provided member access to the nutrition-based educational website from the Amerigroup member sites. Nourish Interactive is listed by the United States Department of Agriculture as one of the top websites supporting the fight against childhood obesity.
"Our partnership with Nourish Interactive will provide our members with valuable resources to make healthy nutritional choices for their families," said Mary McCluskey, M.D., Amerigroup chief medical officer. "The tools serve as a great complement to our existing health literacy initiatives and preventative care programs."
Childhood obesity affects nearly 2.5 million children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Through many initiatives including community outreach efforts, our disease management and healthy families programs, Amerigroup is committed to encouraging healthy, lifelong habits for individuals in the communities we serve.
"We are excited about our partnership with Amerigroup," said Maggie LaBarbera, RN MBA, president of Nourish Interactive. "Early nutrition education is extremely important in combating childhood obesity, and this is a wonderful opportunity to reach more families with our nutrition tools."
About Amerigroup Corporation
Amerigroup, a Fortune 500 Company, coordinates services for individuals in publicly funded health care programs. Currently serving more than 2.7 million members in 13 states nationwide, Amerigroup expects to expand operations to its 14th state, Kansas, as a result of previously awarded state contract. Amerigroup is dedicated to offering real solutions that improve health care access and quality for its members, while proactively working to reduce the overall cost of care to taxpayers. Amerigroup accepts all eligible people regardless of age, sex, race or disability. For more information, please visit www.amerigroup.com.
About Nourish Interactive
Nourish Interactive, Inc., has been fighting childhood obesity and promoting nutrition in a positive way using free interactive nutrition games and tools since its launch in 2008. It has created an effective online learning experience that coordinates nutrition information for children, parents and educators, with the belief that prevention is the best treatment. Nourish Interactive has developed a learning platform in English and Spanish that comes to life with its interactive online games that offer fun, innovative ways to empower children to make healthy choices. For more information, please visit www.nourishinteractive.com.
SOURCE Amerigroup Corporation